Writing in the Air

A workshop with Serena Lee and Fan Wu
Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 1-3PM
Centre[3] Main Gallery, 173 James Street North, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K9


This workshop is co-presented by Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice and Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

At 公公’s kitchen table, there were always scraps of paper ready to be written on. We keep writing in order to know, to remember. What if you forget a word: how it looks or how it sounds? How do we read and write between Chinese writing and with the alphabet? This is an undisciplined writing workshop where we will play with Chinese characters to make connections between art, usefulness, and memory. We will experiment with different materials and techniques, and explore where words come from, how we learn and use them where we are now. Connecting Chinese writing to the shapes of kites and martial arts, we will play with forms of balance as “moving in-between”.

This workshop is free, for all ages, and geared to students of the Hamilton Chinese School, however public inquiries are welcome: info@serenalee.com


Serena Lee works with polyphony as a way of mapping how things come together and apart. She plays with movement, language, cinema, textures, space, and voice, tracing embodied knowledge through aesthetic, martial, and sonic practices. Born and raised in tkaronto/Toronto, Serena is currently based in Vienna, doing practice-based PhD research through the Akademie der bildenden künste Wien. Serena holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute (NL), and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (CA); she collaborates and practices close to home and internationally.


Fan Wu is caught between the blue of noon and the blue of bruise. His current life project looks at how Zhuangzi and Bataille subvert the foundational ideologies of post-Christological capitalism, the former from without, the latter from within. Send him correspondences of any sort at fanwu4u@gmail.com.